New Year, New You – Dance Etiquette

Just what we need for our New Year, New Year theme – Good ol’ “Old Fashioned” advice. Good manners and dance etiquette are timeless. Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s for the dance floor.



  • Do dance with several partners at a dance—and always with your hostess at least once
  • Do practice good sportsmanship by not monopolizing a single partner or the dance floor.
  • Lead you partner smoothly through the crowd, being careful that hands or elbows do not collide with those of other couples.
  • Remember that bad dancing habits are easier to make than break. Even while you are learning, follow along the “line of dance.” When you enter onto a dance floor, stepping out counter-clockwise is the general rule.
  • Do escort your partner back to the table. Never leave her in the middle of the dance floor.


  • To be a really good dancer, you must be able to dance without having to think about your steps. Your feet must learn to respond easily to the rhythm of the music; you must be able to follow without apparent effort.
  • Remember—confidence is the name of the game. And confidence comes only with knowledge and practice.
  • Cultivate lightness. It is vital. Practicing the basic steps in dancing – especially practicing alone – is the trick to learning lightness.
  • Keep your feet out of your partners’ way. Develop a long, free back step by swinging from the hip. Once the basic steps become second nature, learn a variety of steps to improve your dance repertoire for more interest and fun.
  • Move naturally, easily and comfortably. Don’t be self-conscious or still.



  • Don’t apologize for your poor dancing. Improve it.
  • Don’t try to initiate steps your partner can’t follow. She may be impressed by your dancing but she will likely prefer a less fancy dance who doesn’t make her feel uncomfortable.
  • Don’t say you hate dancing just because you don’t know how.
  • Don’t let old-fashioned dancing date you!
  • Don’t be serious. Leave your business face at the office when you step out.


  • Don’t react negatively to your partner’s dancing if they aren’t perfect. They will improve.
  • If you are tall, don’t try to appear smaller by bending your knew or slouching. This only spoils your posture.
  • If you are short, don’t try to appear taller by dancing on your toes. This only shortens your steps and makes it more difficult to follow.
  • Don’t dance for the onlookers’ benefit. Concentrate on your partner.
  • Don’t wear large corsages or ornaments in front. You’ll make an impression – but not the right kind.

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